On Friday morning, Indiana Democrat, Sen. Joe Donnelly announced his intention to vote against Judge Brett Kavanuagh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In announcing his ‘no’ vote, Donnelly released the following statement Friday:
“I do not view Supreme Court vacancies through a partisan lens, which is why I have used the same thorough process to evaluate nominees regardless of who the president is at the time. That was the case regarding the nomination of Judge Garland and also when I voted for Justice Gorsuch, who was President Trump’s first nominee. It has remained my approach with Judge Kavanaugh.
“As I have made clear before, sexual assault has no place in our society. When it does occur, we should listen to the survivors and work to ensure it never happens again. That should not be a partisan issue.
“My job as a Senator is to gather as much information as I can to make the best-informed decision. The allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh are disturbing and credible. In the interest of getting as much information as possible, I believe the allegations should be investigated by the FBI.
“Unfortunately, despite having the time and opportunity to do so, Senator McConnell has refused to allow that FBI investigation. Even the American Bar Association, which has previously rated Judge Kavanaugh as ‘well qualified’ has called for an FBI investigation, where we could learn more information and other potential witnesses could be interviewed.
“I have deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to this lifetime position and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts. Only 113 people have ever served on the Supreme Court, and I believe that we must do our level best to protect its sanctity.
“While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it.”
Read Joe's statement on the Kavanaugh nomination: pic.twitter.com/JvjTOKEDyF
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) September 28, 2018
Ever since Donnelly announced his opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination, a quote from the late football coach Denny Green immediately came to mind.
Now, let me explain why this outburst from Denny Green explains perfectly Sen. Joe Donnelly. Donnelly, being from Indiana, likes to consider himself a conservative Democrat and being from the Hoosier state, he understands he better in order to win election to office. For instance, in the very first paragraph of his statement, Donnelly points out that “I voted for Justice Gorsuch, who was President Trump’s first nominee.”
But, on issues when Donnelly would be the deciding vote, at times when he could actually stand up and make a difference, he always, always votes with Chuck Schumer and the Democrats.
Donnelly voted for Obamacare, he voted for the Iran Nuclear Deal, he voted against President Trump’s tax reform. Anytime Donnelly has an opportunity to stand out from his party and represent the majority of Hoosiers, Donnelly caves and votes the way Chuck Schumer wants him. And this has been the knock against the Democratic senator from Indiana, and similar to coach Green’s infamous rant, Donnelly proved, once again, he is exactly who we thought he was.
The FBI will now conduct an investigation after Donnelly and others called for the investigation, despite any corroborating evidence into the allegations against Kavanaugh. However, Donnelly will be able to look back at this press release as ultimately sealing his political fate. Donnelly is up for re-election on Nov. 6 and I personally know votes that Donnelly lost as a result of his press release Friday. In conservative, red state Indiana, you better believe Hoosiers took notice and will remember Donnelly’s intention to vote against Kavanaugh.
In other words, welcome to the Senate, Republican Mike Braun.